Robertson County Volleyball

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The Franklin Lady Lions of Coach Jessica Turner are off and rolling again this season.  The Lady Lions traditionally feature a strong program and 2013 is no different. They have raced out to an impressive 14-4 record thus far.  They have played everyone tough and shied away from playing no one regardless of classification.  All four of their losses this season have been to larger schools including 5A’s Temple and Rudder and 3A Lorena.  They have also enjoyed wins over 3A Caldwell for the Cameron Varsity Volleyball Classic title in Cameron.
Coach Turner’s senior laden squad returns seven ladies who played on the 2012 team.  She has lots of experience within the group. As if that wasn’t bad enough news for her opponents she has several underclassmen who are fighting for starting spots and playing time. Their improvement makes the Lady Lions have a potent combination of experience and plenty of depth.
As always Coach Turner’s team is focused on two main goals.  First, they want to win the District.  To do so she says “they must beat out Centerville (who graduated a lot of talent) who remains tough and Anderson-Shiro who is playing well in 2013 and has a winning record.”  Second they want to win the State Title.  That could be within their reach, as the Lady Lions grow stronger throughout the year.
The Bremond Lady Tigers had an up and down week so to speak last week.  They began the week with an impressive win over Rosebud-Lott in Rosebud on Tuesday.  The Lady Tigers took only 4 sets to dispose of the Ladies from Rosebud-Lott.  Strong play from Sarah Pruett and Makenzie Curry has set the pace for the Lady Tigers this season. She also has gotten strong setting and defensive play from Aleah Williams and Rhynessica Paul.  That was the beginning. On Thursday they traveled to Robinson for the Robinson Tournament. There they played and lost to 3A LaVega and 2A Crawford.  Though the Lady Tigers played well they could not overcome the talent of the larger classification schools.  They completed their trip to Robinson on Saturday.
This is all good preparation for what Coach Zan feels will be a dogfight in District for playoff spots. She says “obviously Iola, who are ranked 3rd in the State is the team to beat but there are still two playoff spots up for grabs.  She thinks Normangee, Mumford, Calvert and Bremond will all battle for the remaining two spots so it will not be an easy task to get in the playoffs this season. Sparks will fly in what should be a very exciting race.
Calvert’s Lady Trojans re-discovered that winning formula this week after a disappointing trip to the Madisonville Tournament where they suffered 4 losses.  Although the losses to District rival and powerhouse Iola hurt, the two losses to Somerville were a hard pill to swallow for the Ladies.  Luckily they didn’t sit around and hang their heads about it. This week the traveled to Aggieland Home School and put together an impressive 3 set victory.  They then backed that up by defeating Dime Box at home on Friday in 3 sets.  Seniors Tiffany Williams and Raquel Wortham combined to serve 10 aces and along with Jaylonn Walker benefitted from two good nights of setting by senior Lakeydra Mosely.  Freshman Cydnei Wells and sophomore Tinece Williams were outstanding on defense as the Lady Trojans again enjoyed the pleasures of victory.
Coach Krnavek continues to receive strong play from her charges.  All players continue to put out a strong effort and it shows in their improved play this season.  They have already won more games in 2013 than they did all of 2012.  So it is good to see the program on the rise. She feels the Lady Trojans have a chance to make the playoffs but it will not be an easy task. Like Coach Zan in Bremond she too feels Iola is the Team to be and that everybody else is playing for 2nd and 3rd place.  But guess what 2nd and 3rd both make the playoffs. So that’s a good spot to land if you’re the Lady Trojans.
The Hearne Lady Eagles of Coach Madeline Seagraves are taking the right approach to the 2013 season.  Coach Seagraves, in her second season as Varsity Coach, is attempting to build the program from the ground up.  She knows there are no quick fixes outside of having several All-State Volleyball players move into her District.  So she has set out to first increase involvement and participation from the Hearne student body. She wants to have enough players to have a Junior Varsity Program to help develop her players. She has added structure and routine to her program and hopes to see the results in the future.  She also realizes she needs dedicated players with leadership qualities.  She feels she has one such player in senior Tenoria Edwards.  This reporter spoke with Ms. Edwards and found her to be intelligent, well spoken and very personable.  Coach Seagraves says she has noted improvement among the girls as they have become more exposed to the game.  The results may not show up this year but this could be the group that could turn the program around, if they stick it out. With eleven players on her Varsity and only three seniors, she will return a good nucleus of players who have gone through her program for the 2014 season.  Don’t look now but Hearne Volleyball could be on the way back, if you don’t think so just ask Tenoria Edwards or Destanee Barrera two members of an up and coming Hearne Lady Eagle Team.
The Mumford Lady Mustangs continue to impress and place themselves in the middle of what should be a knock down drag out District race. Led by Abbie Eckenrode and Brianna Jutson the Lady Mustangs look strong again as they prepare for next Friday’s District opener at home against the Bremond Lady Tigers.  That will be followed by a trip to Calvert on the 10th to face another contender.  However, don’t feel sorry for Coach Mannes Lady Mustangs.  They are no underdogs by any stretch of the imagination so save your sympathy for someone who needs it. This group of Lady Mustangs will definitely bring the fight to both Bremond and Calvert.  Along with Normangee these four are expected to fight it out for the two remaining spots behind Iola. The Lady Mustangs will have their say in this matter before anything is decided.
This past week they had games versus 2A Anderson-Shiro and the 3A Giddings Lady Buffaloes.  The Anderson-Shiro game was a good test as the Lady Owls have opened up playing well and will challenge for a playoff spot in District 11-2A with Franklin and Centerville.  It will give Coach Mannes a good gauge of the amount of progress his team has made thus far this season.    Giddings is expected to contend with Cuero and LaGrange for the 26-3A title and will present a strong challenge for Lady Mustangs.

Michael Cotton / Robertson County News

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